Capitol Report 02/05/2015

Rep. Chipman Appointed to House Majority Whip Team
I am honored to join the House Majority Whip Team as a House Floor Whip for the 2015 legislative session. As part of the Majority Whip team, I will be responsible for assisting the majority whip in rounding up votes on critical issues, communicating policy positions to other members, and overseeing that parliamentary rules of the House are followed.

Our state received some good news this week as we learned our revenues are growing at a steady rate. So far this year we have seen revenues grow by nearly 5 percent when compared to revenue collections from last year at this time. This growth puts us on pace to meet our revenue growth estimates for the year. You can read more about this below.

This week HB 179, my first bill, was heard in the Committee on Transportation. I truly believe in HB 179 and the important benefits it will provide to veterans. More details about HB 179 can be found here: http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB179&year=2015&code=R020315-0497

Also, the members of the Missouri House were decked out in red this week as we observed National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease in women.

You may read more about what is happening at your Capitol below.

As always, I will work diligently and tirelessly for you as your State Representative. –Jason

Constituent Visits
I was honored this week to be visited by several of the 120th District’s local leaders. They came to the Capitol for a “Meet & Greet” hosted by Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Todd Richardson.
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Funding Released
Our state received some good news this week as we learned our revenues are growing at a steady rate. So far this year we have seen revenues grow by nearly 5 percent when compared to revenue collections from last year at this time. This growth puts us on pace to meet our revenue growth estimates for the year.

Unfortunately, according to our governor, the growth is not enough to prompt him to release the approximately $700 million in funding for vital state services he is still withholding. This has been a source of frustration for many of my colleagues as they have concerns that many of these withholds are unnecessary.

However, even as the governor argued that revenues were not high enough to release some of these funds, the state reached a settlement in its lawsuit against Standard & Poor’s that produced an unexpected $21.5 million. The governor then turned around and released funding to several important programs including $1.5 million for the state’s cyber-crimes task forces that were in the midst of a funding crisis.

Some of the other key funding items restored by the governor include:

  • $8 million for the state’s seven veterans homes;
  • $4.68 million for the University of Missouri School of Medicine Clinical Campus in Springfield;
  •  $3.5 million for high-tech startups through the Missouri Technology Corporation;
  • $620,000 for occupational therapy and other health related degree programs at Missouri State University;
  • $500,000 for sheltered workshops, which provide employment for Missourians with disabilities; among others.

Wear Red Day
The members of the Missouri House were decked out in red this week as we observed National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of heart disease in women.  While many think of heart disease as a man’s disease, the truth is that heart disease and stroke kill one out of every three women.
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Awareness is crucial because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. That’s why it has been so encouraging to see the members of the legislature come together each year to do their part to make women aware of the simple changes they can make to promote a healthier and longer life.

MVP
MVP

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